I wouldn’t last a day without a coffee, and I imagine quite a few of you would agree (maybe not publicly) with my sentiment. It was, then, with great joy that I read in a Ma’an News Agency article that the Israeli Army would begin allowing coffee and tea to be imported into the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian territory that has been blockaded by Israel since June 2007.
Coffee and tea being allowed across the border legally will certainly deflate prices for the commodities that were only previously procurable through illicit channels. I couldn’t find current prices on coffee or tea (funny that the black market doesn’t have an online store), but I’d imagine it’s brutally expensive. In a place where unemployment tops 40% and humanitarian aid is a necessity, this is a sliver of sunlight through the clouds.
Let’s hope that the Israelis and Palestinians can sit down around a negotiation table with some of this newly legal fine beverage in the near future.